Best PS4 Family games for parents and kids self-isolating in Covid-19 lockdown

It's a tricky time for families around the world as international governments advise people to stay indoors.

Efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 mean self-isolation, quarantine, social distancing and whatever other new-fangled methods the people in charge are cooking up to keep us safe.

As cinemas, gyms, pubs, clubs, restaurants and even parks start to close their doors and shut their gates, many families are turning to videogames to keep them entertained during the lockdown.

Netflix and other streaming services are seeing their bitrates get cut as the media companies try and ease the strain on internet service providers, so gaming is quickly becoming a lot of peoples' go to past-time.

And we've got the most essential games you need to play if you're planning on buying or using a PS4 console right here.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life RPG… but what does that mean?

The game is effectively a farming life simulator: When the game boots up, you've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley.

Equipped with simply an old set of tools and a few coins, you're tasked with bringing the farm – and the island – back to life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

You'll need to socialise with the locals, learn how to tend to your crops, and explore dangerous caves in order to fulfil all the game's goals.

Maybe you'll even settle down and get married, too! The game is well-known for its soothing, relaxing gameplay loop and super easy-going setup.

We highly recommend it.


Though it's not quite at the dizzying height of popularity it once was, Fortnite is still a massive game and is still a favourite with teens the world over.

More skill-based than some of the other games in this list, the basic premise of Fortnite is that 100 people drop onto an island, and proceed to eliminate each other until only one is left standing.

Building defensive structures, exploring the map for better gear and communicating with teammates are all vital if you want to succeed – and the often-goofy in-game skins and cosmetics make this a great competitive experience for players of all ages.

Rocket League

Simply put, Rocket League is football played with rocket cars – score goals, protect your own net, boost to tackle other cars if they get too close.

It's amazing nobody thought of it before.

This motorised take on football is pretty easy to learn, but there's plenty of room for improvement as you start to learn nifty tricks with your controls, and get a better understanding of the incredibly sophisticated physics system that the game is built on.

Various modes support multiplayer skirmishes, solo play and ranked competitive – so if you're the sort of player that likes to have an end-game in mind when you pick something up, you could even go pro with this one.

Just be prepared to put in a lot of training.

Sonic Mania

OK, we're mainly talking to adults of a certain age here, but Sonic Mania is a great consideration for kid-friendly gaming, too.

Created in commemoration of the Sonic the Hedgehog series' 25th anniversary, Sonic Mania is an amazing homage the original Sega Mega Drive titles, and recreates the feeling of that famous side-scrolling platform gameplay perfectly.

Think of it as a 'Greatest Hits' of Sonic – brimming with levels from all around the series (well, Sonic the Hedgehog through to Sonic 3 & Knuckles) with some new levels added in for good measure.

Great for adults reliving their youth, and great for kids that want to experience the well-designed platforming of Sonic for the first time, Sonic Mania is a great value package with plenty of replayability thanks to the multiple characters you can select.

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